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Stargram Global has announced the launch of ‘mit messenger’, the most private and secure messenger on the market

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Stargram Global has announced the launch of ‘mit messenger’, the most private and secure messenger on the market.

The name ‘mit’ means ‘together’ in German. The app brings people all over the world together while ensuring their chat privacy with 100% confidence.

Developed as a full service messenger app with the goal of enhancing user convenience, such as coin settlement and free / busy service transactions, with an emphasis on confidentiality of membership information and securing messages between recipients; mit messenger uses a peer-to-peer (P2P) concept that does not store conversation contents or files on a server and functions. At the time of subscribing, members can use a simple mobile phone authentication procedure without the app requesting additional confidential information.

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Users can also delete conversations that they do not wish to leave on recipients’ phones through the ‘Disappearing Messages’ feature. The message disappears on both devices at a user-defined interval, from 5 seconds to 1 week, after the recipient reads the message. ‘Lifetime use’ numbers will be issued free of charge to prevent mobile phone numbers from being exposed. It will be possible to open a super group room where up to 110,000 people can chat in it.

The lossless voice and video data recovery technology delivers HD/VoLTE quality calls with high sound quality. The ability to make high quality calls for 7 minutes while consuming only 1MB of data is also a powerful feature of the app.

In addition, it will be equipped with an e-payment system, a streaming service for Stargram’s Bingo music, and a shared economic platform through the expansion of messenger-based merchants and applications.

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South Africa’s crypto firm VALR gets licence to operate as asset service provider

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South African leading cryptocurrency exchange trading firm, VALR, has been granted both Category I and Category II licence by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) of South Africa to function as a Crypto Asset Service Provider (CASP).

VALR, which was established in 2018, is a digital asset platform that allows customers to buy, sell, store and transfer Bitcoin and 60 other cryptocurrencies, making it the widest selection of any platform in Africa.

Farzam Ehsani, co-founder and CEO of VALR, who made the announcement in a statement on Tuesday, said it came on the heels of recently obtained approval to offer crypto services in Europe, and another operating license in Dubai.

“VALR has now been licensed as a CASP by the FSCA, making it one of the first crypto asset platforms to receive regulatory approval in both categories in South Africa,” the statement said.

“VALR serves over 1,000 corporate and institutional clients and more than half a million traders worldwide.

“The South African regulatory authority has established a regulatory framework for CASPs, a sector encompassing crypto asset exchanges, wallet providers, custodians and other providers of financial services in respect of crypto assets.

“By licensing and regulating these entities, the country aims to foster trust, protect investors and consumers, and promote sustainable growth within the crypto industry.

“Obtaining the CASP license from the FSCA is a monumental achievement for VALR. Over the past six years, we have actively collaborated with the South African regulators who have now pioneered a regulatory regime, allowing innovation to flourish while protecting the public interest.

“Our license underscores our unwavering dedication to compliance, security, and providing a trustworthy platform for the crypto community.

“We welcome this regulatory milestone for South Africa and applaud the regulators for taking this important step for the nation,” said Ehsani.

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Sustainable Energy for All signs grant agreements with 19 clean energy developers in Nigeria

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Global sustainable energy ornaisation, the
Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), has announced signing of grant agreements with 19 Nigerian clean energy developers under its Results-Based Financing (RBF) multi-donor fund.

The agreement, which has the endorsement of Universal Energy Facility (UEF) and Stand-Alone Solar for Productive Use (SSPU) programme, will see the deployment of high-capacity solar and battery storage systems to businesses and institutions across Nigeria.

Interim Chief Executive Officer, Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP), Joseph Nganga, who made the announcement, said the systems are expected to be fully installed and operational before the end of this year.

“This marks a significant step forward in our shared vision for a sustainable future. By signing these grant agreements, the UEF is truly making a difference by empowering clean energy developers to bring their innovative solutions to life,” Nganga said.

“I’m incredibly proud of the UEF’s work and excited to see the positive impact these projects will have on many lives.”

He further noted that reliable clean electricity for homes, SMEs, and institutions, will go a long way to transform daily life of users and the society.

“Electricity stays on, harmful petrol and diesel generator sets will be removed, which reduces indoor air pollution and CO2 emissions, equipment runs smoothly, and essential services like healthcare and education can function effectively. This unlocks economic opportunities and improves overall well-being,” he said.

“I am proud of the work we have all done to enable a better environment for the private sector to grow within the energy sector.”

Managing Director of Nigeria’s Rural Electrification Agency, Abba Aliyu, who also spoke on the agreements, said the SSPU systems are game-changers.

“The companies signing the grant agreements are a testament to the policies that have been put in place and capacity building efforts made in the past decade to build the sector.

“These solar power systems provide a reliable source of electricity, unlocking a range of socio-economic benefits.

“This significant expansion builds upon the success of the UEF’s initial launch of the SSPU programme in February 2023 when 10 developers received grants to deploy SSPU units in underserved or unserved communities.

“So far, over 1,600 systems have been installed, serving over 1,200 businesses and institutions such as health and educational facilities.”

The UEF has achieved significant progress over the past year, not only in Nigeria but also in Benin Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, and Sierra Leone, with thousands of Africans benefiting from this facility.

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